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'Attending church regularly will make you live longer'- study

Religion has at one time being described as the 'opium of the masses' by German sociologist and philosopher Karl Marx.

It has time and again also been described as food for the soul. A person either consumes it or chooses not to.

Mostly, people who have conformed to a religious way of life tend to admit that morality, kindness, peace and happiness are virtues that go hand in hand with their day to day lives.

According to a recent study by a professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Tyler J. VanderWeele, going to church frequently contributes to a longer, fulfilled life.

According to him, the adherence to one supreme deity contributes to a healthier life free of guilt, anxiety or intolerance.

“Our study suggests that for health, the benefits outweigh the potentially negative effects such as guilt, anxiety or intolerance," VanderWeele said.

His research derived its data from a focus group made up of 75,000 female nurses based in the United States.

The professor's findings indicates that women who frequented church were at a 33% lower risk of kicking the bucket.

VanderWeele also discovered religion and church going played a major role in cancelling out cases of depression or addiction to smoking.

Women who went to church regularly were described as more optimistic and had a great sense of self discipline.

Do you agree more or less with him?
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